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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

The Sparrow is a highly acclaimed science fiction novel by Mary Doria Russell, her first novel. Written in 1996, it won numerous awards including the Arthur C. 732 more words

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There is a First Time for Everything

I thought it might be interesting to share with you the first chapter of the first book I ever wrote. It was a young adult book that takes place in the White House about the daughter of a president – a girl named Summer. 766 more words

"Precious thing" by Colette McBeth

You don’t have to be female to enjoy this debut novel, but I’m pretty sure that being female will help you to understand it.  After all, this is a novel about the… 620 more words

Book Reviews

Too Dark to Handle

Like most writers, I’m a voracious reader.  While I’ve got nothing against genre fiction, my favorite reading is the quirky, the different, the “don’t-even-think… 274 more words

How I get my story ideas

At Capclave, Bud Sparhawk said that he’d been asked “Where do you get ideas?” on a past panel.  He jokingly said that he paid a guy $5 a week and was sent a postcard with an idea on it.  661 more words


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I found this copy of Gillian Flynn’s first novel at my library book sale, so it was worth a pick up. I was definitely interested to read more from this author. 519 more words


What the Panda ate

I have a new respect for copy editors. I really, truly do. I now understand just how annoying it is when you have to undo over 4000 versions of the ‘yob’s comma’ as termed by Lynne Truss, author of… 544 more words